Towson falls to ODU 20-31
In the second-ever meeting between Towson and Old Dominion, the Monarchs avenged their homecoming loss last year, winning against the Tigers 31-20. This is the Tigers’ (3-4, 2-2 Colonial Athletic Association) second conference loss of the season.
Old Dominion (6-1, 3-1 CAA) jumped to an early 10-point lead in the first quarter. Following Old Dominion’s opening 61-yard field goal drive, Fred Credle popped Towson’s Derrick Joseph on the ensuing kickoff and forced the ball loose.
The Monarchs recovered and it only took seconds for their offense to capitalize on Towson’s early turnover.
Quarterback Taylor Heinicke connected with Antonio Vaughan in the end zone to extend Old Dominion’s early lead.
Heinicke completed 26 of 39 pass attempts for 264 yards and a touchdown.
The Monarchs used a hurry-up offense early in the game to throw off the Tigers’ defensive rhythm.
Late in the fourth quarter, sophomore cornerback Tye Smith picked off Heinicke in the end zone to give the Tigers their first interception of the season.
For the second week in a row, quarterback Grant Enders led the Tigers in both rushing and passing.
Enders had 94 yards and a touchdown on the ground while completing 26 of 41 pass attempts for 290 yards and a touchdown.
In the third quarter, quarterback Grant Enders faked a pitch to Dominique Booker and rolled out and made his way into the end zone for the Tigers’ first touchdown of the game.
Sophomore running back Terrance West did not play one snap of Saturday’s game.
Senior Dominique Booker replaced West at running back and had 38 yards on 10 carries.
Towson chipped away at a 25-point deficit late in the third quarter, but the game was too far out of reach.
The Tigers were down by 11 with less than five minutes remaining in the game in the red zone in a 4th-and-4 situation.
Enders floated the ball up to senior wide receiver Tom Ryan, but it slipped off of Ryan’s fingertips in the corner of the end zone.